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Now how many of us have lived the life of a nomad, relocating to newer destinations every few decades, adding to the existing stock, holding dearly to the older useless stuff and moving on again. Well when the inevitable move knocks on your door every year, following a few transfers you are quite an expert whatsoever. I have been an Army Daughter, an Army Officer and an Army Wife, and that’s what I call hands-on experience in”shifting my house with all the cheese in it”.1. The day you move into your new location open a Recurring Deposit as high or low as you want with your bank. The deposit over your period of your tenure would leave you with enough money to cater to expenditures linked to the bag-baggage and self transfer when its period only once more. Try it, it is going to save you a lot of unnecessary worrying!2. Get proper wooden crates to your bigger fragile electronic items like your refrigerator, television, washing machine etc..3. Have all of your boxes numbered. Get all your locks and their various keys labeled with the box numbers. 4. Down to the packing front. B ) Do remember the climate at the new destination, if its anticipated to be bright and sunny it is possible to pack up all of the woolens and vice-versa.5. ALWAYS have a little bundle with the minimal bare essentials from the kitchen to allow you establish a small kitchenette in your new place to cater to toddlers and once in a while adventures for your own self. Things like a tiny frying pan, a small pressure cooker and a few saucepans. Maybe even a little sugar, tea leaves and some legumes, pasta, pasta and a few condiments in small zip lock components so that you can miss out on a rush into the supermarket too. The miniature box opens and you are able to cook a simple meal or a cup of tea on your own. Trust me it’ll help.6. Try and have a garage sale of all of the things you have not used in last two tenures and to find the ones which you believe you are unlikely to utilize. It can be a little difficult to associate with them occasionally but it will go a very long way clearing up the clutter and perhaps even allow you to feel a bit less guilty on your overindulgence with maintaining pace with the latest in trend.7. The key to not end up with broken things would be to pack them closely without a space in between for them to move from where they’ve been tucked incase of movement on a weathered terrain during transportation.8. It’s always a fantastic idea to recycle old newspapers and poly bags, another fantastic use would be to store them and have them shred for use as packing material for cushioning and also to fill gaps in between articles to prevent their breakage and movement.9. 10. Another tip is to have plastic sheets repaired /nailed into the lids of the boxes to protect water seepage in the top in a worst case scenario.11. Wooden boxes are lesser prone to breakages and offer better protection to the material inside.12. Quite similarly the novels and clothing items should rather go into a trunk rather than a wooden box for obvious reasons!13. A very useful lesser known tip is to pack your full plates and quarter plates with cushioning in between each. This can be largely prevented by packaging these plates vertically Rather than horizontally14. The above is also true for packaging paintings, which should also ideally be packaged standing vertically preferably in a wooden box.15. Try wrapping your crockery on your clothes items. Try filling larger utensils with grocery etc, its a powerful space management tip.16. Don’t have your fridge, dishwasher and washing machine functioning until the last minute, if you don’t let the moisture within dry up there’s every possibility of you discovering unwanted odour and even fungus if you open them up.17. Use the space inside these larger electrical appliances also, e.g. you can package your cushions inside your refrigerator which even prevent the racks from moving skelter inside the refrigerator. Before you do so please be sure that the fridge is dried.18. It is a must to have lists for each box with details of this inventory packed within. Have another in a separate folder. This does wonders to knowing where to look for that which,without flaws.Happy packaging… Joyful moving and Joyful unpacking folks! Remember it is the rolling stones which collect no moss afterall!Shubhani Pathak, an avid runner, indulging in creative writing for almost two years now.